Surrey Art Gallery Exhibitions

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Look at what's on exhibit now, and take a peek at what's coming soon, including at outreach venues such as Surrey Urban Screen. Then, explore our past exhibitions.

Exhibitions in the Surrey Art Gallery are drawn from and respond to predominant activity in the contemporary art community. They bring into critical context works by diverse artists with shared concerns or respond to specific issues within culture or the surrounding community.

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Opening September 20

Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

September 20 to December 14, 2014
Visiting Curator's Tour: September 20, 6:30pm
Opening Reception: September 20, 7:30pm

Robert Bourdeau, Flower, 1965, Gelatin silver print, 42.9 x 35.6 cm; image: 20.3 x 16.4 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Purchased 1966, Photo © NGC

Nature has been an enduring subject for artists across time and cultures. From the ancient garden frescoes at Pompeii to Dutch still-lifes, 19th century botanical studies and 21st century land art projects, nature has been either a simple fact of life or a source of curiosity, consolation, and spiritual regeneration. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature explores the natural world through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and crafted objects. Responding to the richness and diversity of plant life and the creatures that occupy natural spaces, the artists in this exhibition express nature’s complexity and fragility in a variety of ways – from the epic and analytical to the detailed and intimate. This exceptionally varied exhibition, drawn mainly from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, features 74 works dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Presenting a wide variety of media, scale, and style, it features the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukelman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

Current Exhibitions

ARTS 2014: A Juried Exhibition of Visual Art 

June 28 to August 30, 2014

Defying Age by Jeanette Sirois, coloured pencil on paper, courtesy of the artist.

Popular with visitors for the variety of images, styles, and media, this juried exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Surrey celebrates established and emerging visual artists from Surrey and the surrounding region. Through painting, glasswork, sculpture, photography, and fibre arts, some artworks portray traditional imagery while others are contemporary and experimental.

Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna

August 23 to November 16, 2014
Opening Reception: September 20, 7:30pm

Nerissa Ng, Faith-Hope-Love, charcoal on paper, courtesy of the artist.

Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast. Organized by the Arts Council of Surrey and presented in conjunction with the upcoming National Gallery exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists.

Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom

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Matt Smith: BogScape

February 21 to January 4, 2015

Surrey-based Matt Smith creates a ‘naturalistic’ sound installation based on data gathering systems, such as traffic counters, located in or near Burns Bog. This artwork, BogScape, invites the listener to reconsider the limits of landscape, and the relationship between information and nature.

Stephanie Loveless: Cricket, Tree, Crow

July 12 to January 4, 2015

Stephanie Loveless' installation Cricket, Tree, Crow is a quadraphonic sound piece in three movements that investigates the voices of the cricket, the maple tree, and the crow. All of the sonic material in the work is based on her vocal mimicry of the sounds produced by members of these species.

These are two of three installations within the Open Sound 2014 program, which examines the relationship between vegetation and sound. Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice.

Robert Davidson: Supernatural Eye

November 28, 2013 into March 2015

Robert Davidson's Supernatural Eye

Inspired by the many supernatural beings that dwell in Haida Gwaii, this large-scale aluminum sculpture’s graceful contours and bold colour combine the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic. The sculpture was commissioned by Polygon Homes, and is on exhibit at the Gallery until its permanent home is ready.

Seen From Here: Recent Acquisitions

June 28 to August 30, 2014

Scatterplots: Bear Creek Park by Helma Sawatzky. Collection of the Surry Art Gallery, image courtesy of the artist.

Featuring recently acquired works by artists who have called the South of the Fraser region home. Organized into groupings about people, places, and abstraction this exhibition is an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. Artists include Walter Dexter, Enn Erisalu, Robert Genn, Elizabeth Hollick, Brian Howell, Davida Kidd, Don Li-Leger, Robert Michener, Arnold Mikelson, Ann Nelson, Fred Owen and Helma Sawatzky.